Jasmine in the Wind – A Review

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Author: Ayesha Desai currently resides in Pretoria, South Africa with her husband and 2 young children. Ayesha is passionate about reading and this has evolved into a love of writing. Whilst this is her first published book, she has been writing for the last 20 years, and blogging since 2013. She is a nature and outdoor enthusiast, but is equally happy baking at home with her children on a rainy day. Currently employed in the corporate sector, she still makes time to indulge her creative nature, by painting, and of course writing. Her bucket list items include being able to travel more with her family, publishing an anthology of her poetry, seeing wild horses in the Namib desert, and eventually when her children are raised, retiring to a small town near the sea.

Publisher: Prolance

Summary: ​A story of the challenges, trials, and unending optimism and strength of a young Syrian refugee. ​This story follows a young Syrian girl named Afraa and her harrowing journey to safety and freedom. Whilst she learns to love her new home, a part of her heart will always be buried in the roots of the jasmine bush outside her parent’s room window in Syria.

Jasmine in the Wind is a 40 page touching tale of a young Syrian girl who has been through challenging times in her journey out of Syria. She eventually makes it to safety but all is not well because she has left a huge piece of her behind; home. There is no place like home. She then vows to be optimistic about her situation and pray for a better tomorrow. She also grateful for her blessings and uses the opportunity out of Syria to enrich herself socially and educationally.

The writer, Ayesha Desai, writes beautifully. The poems sprinkled throughout the story are also simply lovely. I only wished the story had more illustrations to help the reader visualize certain areas of Afraa’s journey better. Perhaps this was done intentionally for a more dramatic effect on the readers. But Jasmine in the Wind is a good read overall and can be purchased on Amazon here or on the publisher website’s here.

Rating: 3.5/5

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

*I received a free copy for my honest feedback*

Allah Al-Aleem – A Review

Bismillah,

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Age Range: I would say 3+

Author: Bint Abdul Hamid

Illustrator : Zahra Gulraiz

Publisher: Prolance

Price : $12

What to expect: An introduction to one of the many attributes of Allah: Al-Aleem (The All-Knowing)

Summary: The best gift we can give our children is the knowledge of Tawheed, to know their Creator. Knowing Allah by His names will help establish their roots, and help them to attach to Allah out of love of His perfection. May Allah help us to fulfill the responsibility of bringing up our children knowing Allah and worshipping Him alone.

ThoughtsAllah Al-Aleem is a must have for young Muslim readers and young muminun. It exposes them early on to the qualities of their Al-Khaliq (The Creator). Children have so many questions. We try to answer them as much as we can and sometimes we fall short. For instance, “Mommy, why is the sky blue?” The answer to this question will not be a short reply to small minds.

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Allah Al-Aleem Sneak Peak Page

Parents can appease the curiosity of Muslim children by telling them that only Allahu alim (Allah knows best). Insha’Allah, with  Allah Al-Aleem as a supporting teaching aidthe muminun will be satisfied with some of the answers we give them.

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Rating : 4/5

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

*I received a free copy for my honest feedback*

The Dino Flu – A Review

Bismillah,

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I finally get to review a book I’ve wanted to read for quite some time now alhamdullilah. The Dino Flu is a Muslim authored children’s book by American Muslim Author Sahar Abdulaziz.

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ILLUSTRATOR : Rashidah Mendez, a New York-native digital artist, and mother of four received her Bachelor’s, Summa Cum Laude, from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. Although she switched her area of study from Early Childhood Education to Media Communication and Technology, she finds it rewarding to integrate the two disciplines. Mendez’s work exhibits her passion for digital art through her graphic designs and visual marketing and reflects her love for early childhood literacy through her children’s books, like “The Dino Flu” and others, soon to be released.

SUMMARY: UGH! Poor Dino is stuck in bed with the flu. Dino doesn’t like being sick at all. But instead of feeling sorry for himself, Dino uses the wonderful gift of imagination. Follow Dino through his many adventures of imaginary proportion!

THOUGHTS: The power of imagination allows Dino to see the glass half full and it can help sick children distract themselves when they face an illness by doing the same.

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Below is one beautiful illustration of what he rather do than being sick.

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The Dino Flu is very clever and lovely. I bought my copy on Amazon here. If you get the paperback, you can get the eBook for $2.99 . It’s a bargain.

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

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Mr. Ramadhan Moon – A Review

Bismillah,

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Author: S.R.M aka Salma Raja Malik is a 29 year old mom of 3 young boys and an Occupational Therapist. She was inspired by her children and her first generation Muslim American experiences to create a holiday toy/book that is relate-able to Muslim children. She also works with special needs children and is training to provide pelvic floor therapy.

Illustrator :  Haleema Tahir Gul is a 25 year old fashion designer with the love for illustrations. Other than running her own clothing brand called “Lemon by H”, she works for a known Pret company and loves painting little illustrations in her spare time.

Thoughts: Mr. Ramadhan Moon is one of the cutest and creative children’s story I have ever read. Mr. Ramadhan Moon is also a nice and welcomed change from the assumption that the moon is of female gender. It accompanies children and family in a love and supporting journey.

Check out some pictures below:

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Mr. Ramadhan Moon is a reminder of salat and thoughtful play in the pic above masha’Allah.

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Mr. Ramadhan Moon is a reminder to children to brush their teeth with miswak or a toothbrush.

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Mr. Ramadhan Moon is also an interfaith activist.

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Mr. Ramadhan Moon is a tea party buddy.

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Mr. Ramadhan Moon embraces diversity alhamdullilah.

Mr. Ramadhan Moon makes a wonderful gift before the Eid and after the Eid. You can buy your copy plus the toy here on Etsy. It’s a bit pricy but Ramadhan is once a year so please splurge a little 😉 insha’Allah to support this small Muslim business. And 10% of the profits go the Syrian crisis aid masha’Allah. This will be money well spent insha’Allah.

Rating: 5/5

~I received a free copy for the purpose of this review.~

You can follow the chronicles of Mr. Ramadhan Moon here on Facebook insha’Allah.

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

A Gift From Jannah – A Review

Launch Poster A Gift from Jannah

AuthorHira Khan is the creator and founder of BirthKeeper, providing Doula Services in the Toronto area and Prenatal Education to the global Muslim community since 2009.

Illustrator :  Jenny Reynish lives and works near Colchester in Essex, in the UK. She works as a freelance illustrator, having produced illustrations for various publishers of books and magazines in the UK and USA, as well as card designs.

PublisherProlance

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Thoughts: A Gift From Jannah is a 34 page children’s book  with wonderful illustrations that helps satisfy the curiosity of children about their birth. It uses an easy to follow theist approach to explain the origin of babies without having to recourse to birds and bees talk yet. It’s ingenious and creative. I recommend it to parents who seek an easy answer to give to their younger children who have many questions. We can all agree that it’s really not easy sometimes to explain things to children they might not grasp at a young age.

Please get your copy on the author’s website here.

Rating: 4/5

~I received a free copy for the purpose of this review.~

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

 

My Coloring Book of Dua’a – A Review

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Compiler & Illustrator: Meenu Bharadwaj

PublisherProlance

Summary: Dua’as for kids! What to say when you wake up until when you sleep! Plus each page is a coloring sheet!

Thoughts: The duas listed in My Coloring Book of Dua’a are very powerful to those who know. I know because my step father is an hafiz who studied at my grandfather’s merdrassa and he taught me several of those duas for my protection. Everyone should know these duas. The coloring pages are a plus to make the learning fun. Coloring is very relaxing to me by the way.

To continue, like the sneak page shows below, first we have the instruction that tell us what the dua is for. Then, we have the Arabic texts which is followed by the English phonetic pronunciation. The transliteration and the source come in fourth and fifth place respectively.

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The good thing about this book is that it comes with a free audio to help with the correct pronunciation. The audio file is listed on the publisher’s site here. Just scroll to the bottom of the page to access it. I highly recommend this book for every day tasks.

Get your copy on Amazon here or on the publisher website here.

Our Rating: 5/5

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

I Will Not Clean My Room – A Review

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Author: Saharish Arshad is a freelance children’s writer. She has published numerous short articles and poetry for children in Little Explorers Magazine, a quarterly U.K. based publication for Muslim children. She is currently experimenting with worldschooling her own four munchkins and dreaming up new poems and stories with them.

Illustrator : Elsa Estrada has a Degree in Fine Arts from La Laguna University, Spain, specializing in illustration. She is a London-based graphic designer and illustrator, actively working for over twelve years. Her illustrations represent hours of meticulous work, and the fine detail created is an expression of her dedication and passion.

PublisherProlance

Summary: Musa’s mom asks him to clean his room. Instead, he decides to imagine all the wonderful things he’s going to do in Jannah. Join him as he dreams away and learns that good deeds are really worth the effort. Part of the My Journey to Jannah Series.

Front Cover

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Thoughts: I found I Will Not Clean My Room very creative and lovely. Musa is an adorable red head Muslim boy who is a bit on a challenging side. However, he is very aware of the deen for his young age. Masha’Allah that’s good. As I read the things he rather do than clean his room, I thought I better keep this review copy in a secure place to give to my son when he grows up insha’Allah. When do boys willingly go clean their room? *Laughs* Every mother will relate to Musa’s tale and this is why this book is a must have. When our sons or children tell us they will not do their chores or clean their rooms for instance, we can hand them this copy and stop talking. Books have a powerful effect on people especially when they are well designed with colorful and inviting illustrations like this one. And children tend to listen to third parties like their surrounding rather than their parents. If we give them good books as companions, they will learn a lot more insha’Allah without thinking we’re pressuring them. No one likes that. To end, the book is a symbol of a happy family that strives to help all the members of the family. I really loved the poetic texts. It’s rhythmic in my opinion too. Masha’Allah.

Sneak Peak Page

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Get your copy on Amazon here or on the publisher website here.

Rating: 5/5

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

1001 Inventions & Awesome Facts From Muslim Civilization

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Author: National Geographic

Chief Editor : Professor Salim Al-Hassani

Publisher : National Geographic Children’s Books

Summary: We often think that people from a thousand years ago were living in the Dark Ages. But from the 7th century onward in Muslim civilization there were amazing advances and inventions that still influence our everyday lives. People living in the Muslim world saw what the Egyptians, Chinese, Indians, Greek, and Romans had discovered and spent the next one thousand years adding new developments and ideas. Inventors created marvels like the elephant water clock, explorers drew detailed maps of the world, women made scientific breakthroughs and founded universities, architects built huge domes larger than anywhere else on earth, astronomers mapped the stars and so much more! This book takes the wining formula of facts, photos, and fun, and applies it to this companion book to the 1001 Inventions exhibit from the Foundation for Science, Technology, and Civilization. Each page is packed with information on this little-known history, but also shows how it still applies to our world today.

Our thoughts: 1001 Inventions and Awesome Facts from Muslim Civilization (National Geographic Kids) is a very concise account of the Muslim civilization thousands of years ago to today’s world. Many harmless things you would classify as bidat because it’s widely done by non-Muslims these days actually came from the Muslim world. It’s a must read. The contribution of Muslim minds and scientists is palpable in almost every field today from surgery to agriculture, from cosmetics to fashion, from entertainment to optics to warfare, you name it! It’s truly revolutionary.

Our Rating: 5/5

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

Hind’s Hands – A Review

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Authors : Umm Juwayriyah and Juwayriyah Ayed

Illustrator : Emma Apple

Publisher : As Sabr Publications

What to expect: A patient family dealing with a member who has a challenging disability

Summary: From bestselling author and educator Umm Juwayriyah — a story told by a big sister who learns coping skills to befriend and lead her autistic younger sister. “You see, my sister Hind has Autism. And I know that sounds like a really big word, but it’s not. Autism just means that Allah made her to learn and act and think differently than other kids her age.” In the story Hind’s Hands, big sister Juwayriyah learns just how special her younger sister is, despite the challenging behaviors that she often has to deal with. Author Umm Juwayriyah collaborates with her oldest daughter, Juwayriyah Ayed on this book to help spread awareness about Autism.

Our Thoughts: It’s a challenge to have children with a disability and this book gives an Islamic perspective to Muslim families to go about it. Juwayriyah learns to deal with her sister’s disability with a lot a patience. Kudos to her.

Our Rating : 5/5

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

Raising Young Muslims : Do You Have The Books It Takes?

Bismillah, Raising young muminun is a daunting task. While we need secular books to help with this job, it’s imperative that these young believers are also taught using books that depict sunnah manners. It’s also important that they read books with characters that look like them and have the same faith as them so that……

via Raising Young Muslims : Do You Have The Books It Takes? — Hayati Magazine